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Melbourne families get a taste of life at sea

Published on by LEUT James McPherson (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Marine Technician Adam Hope, left, gives family and friends of crew members a guided tour of the machinery spaces of HMAS Melbourne during a families cruise from Gladstone to Sydney. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Marine Technician Adam Hope, left, gives family and friends of crew members a guided tour of the machinery spaces of HMAS Melbourne during a families cruise from Gladstone to Sydney.

On HMAS Melbourne’s final stretch of her latest and last overseas deployment, a number of family members had the unique chance to experience life at sea.

No rest for the Demons

Published on by LEUT James McPherson (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Marine Technician Jack Everett demonstrates the equipment used in damage control to the crew members and their guests in HMAS Melbourne during a families cruise from Gladstone to Sydney. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Marine Technician Jack Everett demonstrates the equipment used in damage control to the crew members and their guests in HMAS Melbourne during a families cruise from Gladstone to Sydney.

It is easy to imagine after a number of months at sea a ship’s company would take their last day pretty easy. Not so for the crew of HMAS Melbourne.

HMAS Melbourne breeds new crop on last overseas deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT James McPherson (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

From left, Seaman Electronic Warfare Brady Miller, Seaman Marine Technician Jack Everett, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Bethany East, and Seaman Marine Technician Jason Sneath on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne during their first deployment at sea. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

From left, Seaman Electronic Warfare Brady Miller, Seaman Marine Technician Jack Everett, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Bethany East, and Seaman Marine Technician Jason Sneath on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne during their first deployment at sea.

In her 27th year of faithful service, HMAS Melbourne has completed her final overseas deployment, returning last week to her home port of Sydney after a successful mission.

Navy projects from east to west

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), Clarisse Dupont (French Navy) (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), CPL Kylie Gibson (photographer), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Collins, the USS William P Lawrence, French ships Charles de Gaulle, Provence, Forbin, Latouche-Tréville, Marne and the JFDF Ships Izumo and Murasame in the Bay of Bengal during Exercise LA PEROUSE. (photo: Clarisse Dupont, French Navy)

HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Collins, the USS William P Lawrence, French ships Charles de Gaulle, Provence, Forbin, Latouche-Tréville, Marne and the JFDF Ships Izumo and Murasame in the Bay of Bengal during Exercise LA PEROUSE.

The month of May saw the Royal Australian Navy engage and prove the capability to sustain multiple task groups from east to west across the Indo-Pacific, with three task groups simultaneously operating in the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and South East Asia.

Moreton unites the Port of Brisbane for TS19

Published on by LCDR Anne Mena (author), LEUT Monzon (photographer)

Representatives of the Royal Australian Navy, the Port of Brisbane and other key stakeholders meet to discuss berthing arrangements for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. (photo: )

Representatives of the Royal Australian Navy, the Port of Brisbane and other key stakeholders meet to discuss berthing arrangements for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

The Port of Brisbane will host more than twenty-five warships for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE this year.

HMAS Arunta re-joins fleet with traditional smoking ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer), SBLT Samantha Brandstater (photographer)

Connie Craig, with fellow Arrernte tribal group members, Kumalie and Nari, addresses members of ship's company and guests during a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony held onboard HMAS Arunta at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Connie Craig, with fellow Arrernte tribal group members, Kumalie and Nari, addresses members of ship's company and guests during a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony held onboard HMAS Arunta at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

A cold, wet day didn’t spoil the feeling of optimism that surrounded the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony that marked the recent return of HMAS Arunta to Fleet Base West after a 20-month Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade.

HMAS Newcastle visits namesake city for final time

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), SGT Guy Young (photographer), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle enters the Port of Newcastle, NSW, prior to the ship's final visit to her namesake city. (photo: SGT Guy Young)

HMAS Newcastle enters the Port of Newcastle, NSW, prior to the ship's final visit to her namesake city.

HMAS Newcastle has sailed into her namesake city for the final time after 25 years of faithful service, steaming more than 900,000 miles and gaining battle honours in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Persian Gulf.

Fighting fit for important mission

Published on by FLTLT Bel Scott (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Kerryn Seaborn takes a group physical training session on board HMAS Canberra during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Kerryn Seaborn takes a group physical training session on board HMAS Canberra during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

Burpees, push-ups and sit-ups strengthen more than just muscle; physical fitness improves resilience and sharpens mental capacity to deliver a force that is ‘fit to fight’. 

Diver hopefuls return historic dive helmet and pump to former glory

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Members of the ADF Diving School’s Initial Employment Trainee intake 005 with the Siebe Gorman diving pump and brass helmet they refurbished. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Members of the ADF Diving School’s Initial Employment Trainee intake 005 with the Siebe Gorman diving pump and brass helmet they refurbished.

Initial Employment Trainee (IET) intake 005 posted to HMAS Penguin in January 2019 in preparation for the Basic Clearance Diver Course.

Hobart steps up in expeditionary strike group

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

File image: HMAS Hobart conducts officer of the watch manoeuvres with HMAS Toowoomba enroute to South East Asia, 2018. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

File image: HMAS Hobart conducts officer of the watch manoeuvres with HMAS Toowoomba enroute to South East Asia, 2018.

HMA Ships Hobart and Stuart have participated in a real-time, simulated exercise with American forces, with Hobart showcasing her AEGIS Combat System while assigned Air Defence Commander duties.